The Resource Center at Old Town School of Folk Music is a comfortable space for reading and listening that is located in the basement of our 4544 North Lincoln Avenue building. The Old Town School maintains two distinct collections at the Resource Center: a library and an institutional archive.
Our library is home to over 17,000 books, videos, and sound recordings. These items can be checked out by Old Town School members, teachers, and staff. Most library items from the Resource Center are available to patrons of libraries participating in the Find More Illinois interlibrary loan consortium.
Resource Center Hours:
- Monday-Thursday 3-8 pm
- Saturday 12-4 pm.
The library collection is searchable as a guest. Please contact email@example.com for more information about becoming a patron who can take home books, DVDs, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, LPs, and CDs. For information about becoming an Old Town School of Folk Music member, please visit our membership page.
Our archive is focused on Old Town School of Folk Music’s history and includes a large selection of concert, radio, and field recordings available for in-building listening. Stop by the Resource Center and visit the in-house Patron Kiosk to dig through these gems!
If you’re researching Old Town School history and would like to access the institutional photo and document archive, please take a look at the finding aid for these collections, and make an appointment with Colby Maddox, Resource Center Manager.
Interested in Old Town School's unique history? Please visit the historical photo exhibit on the basement walls of our 4544 North Lincoln Avenue location. Also, six media rich, online chapters of Old Town School's history accompany this exhibit and are available from the link below – text by Tanya Lee, Ph.D., photos, video and audio curated by Colby Maddox.
Resource Center Projects
Take a peek at some of the Resource Center’s past projects
The Archives Podcast
The Old Town School Resource Center podcast showcasing hidden gems from within the audio archives. Past podcasts include a six part series celebrating the School's 60th Anniversary with a mix of archival recordings (Studs Terkel, Ella Jenkins, Win Stracke, Frank Hamilton) and the words of the folks who took part in our 2017 oral history project with StoryCorps. Special collections like the Armstrong Family tapes and short, fact-rich song histories are also featured on the Archives Podcast.
In 2017, Old Town School's Resource Center partnered with national oral history organization StoryCorps to record and preserve a first-person, human picture of the school's 60-year history